Drafted to the Bulldogs in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, Toby is a small forward/midfielder who has an exceptional leap and marking ability for his size. Toby is a prolific ball winner who can also prove to be very damaging when around goals, averaging 22 disposals from 20 games whilst kicking 32 goals in an outstanding first year in the TAC Cup. He was awarded runner-up in the TAC Cup’s best and fairest. Furthermore, Toby’s sensational foot-skills can be illustrated through his equal-third finish in the kicking test (27/30) at the NAB AFL Draft Combine.
Toby’s first season at the Bulldogs was very encouraging, the emerging forward played four games where he averaged 15.5 disposals and 0.5 goals a game. Toby’s debut came for the club in the Bulldog’s Round 10 clash with Port Adelaide. Furthermore, in his fourth game for the year, Toby suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him until the start of the finals campaign where he played for Footscray in the VFL.
2016 was a standout year for McLean. His ability to play at the highest level and effectively impact the game was illustrated. The second-year player showed great poise and efficiency in his 15 games where he averaged 17.3 disposals a game whilst kicking 14 goals. Furthermore, despite facing some reasonable injuries during the year, McLean was utilised by the Bulldogs in their club’s drought-breaking premiership win at the end of the year. In the grand final, McLean was a key contributor to the side.s win, collecting 18 disposals whilst kicking1.1 and applying 5 tackles.
2017 was a further showing of improvement by McLean as he drifted through both the midfield and in the forward-line. His ability to win the ball (average 22.4 disposals), score goals (13.12), create play (average 3.0 clearances) and apply defensive pressure (4.5), rounded his game perfectly, making him an extremely agile and versatile running player. Whilst his team’s success was not mirrored from its previous year, Toby excelled at his role and continued to refine his impact on the game. In Round 16 of the 2017 season, Toby had a career-high of disposals (32; 17 contested), tackles (8) and clearances (8). At the conclusion of the 2017 season, Toby had played 38 senior games for the club, a number he look to continue to add to in the coming years